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Swami Ahimsadhara Saraswati

BA Communications
Diploma of Satyananda Yoga Training
Member of SYTA and Yoga Australia (Senior Registered Teacher)

Ahimsa has practised Satyananda Yoga for most of her life and has been teaching since 2003. She is a highly regarded teacher and presenter in Australia and internationally. For many years she was manager of the Hobart Yoga & Meditation Centre and for several years was a Yogic Studies course coordinator at an Ashram in Mangrove Mountain, NSW. From 2011-13 Ahimsa lived at Bihar School of Yoga, India where she was a senior teacher, book editor and photographer. On returning to Australia Ahimsa spent extended times living and teaching at Rocklyn Yoga Ashram, VIC and is now happily settled back into life in Tasmania. She is the founder of South Hobart Yoga & Meditation (SHYAM) and Life Beyond Trauma. Ahimsa also travels widely offering retreats and workshops around the world. In Tasmania she teaches yoga philosophy to trainee yoga teachers.


Prior to teaching yoga Ahimsa worked in the media, including in publishing and with ABC TV. Her interest in writing led her to write articles and books on yoga, including for Australian Yoga Life, Yoga Magazine and elsewhere. During several years as a resident of Bihar School of Yoga (BSY) in India, Ahimsa worked in the publishing division, editing an extensive range of books and contributing as an author. She continues to write about the benefits of yoga for spiritual living and for specialised applications.

Yoga for PTSD

For more than a decade Ahimsa has taught yoga to war veterans, refugees and others with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression. She gives presentations, workshops and retreats on this topic in Australia and internationally, including a close relationship with an organisation providing yoga to war victims and ex-combatants in Colombia.

In 2014 Ahimsa produced an award-winning documentary, Heroes of Peace, about the experiences of veterans involved in the yoga program she teaches. View it at the Life Beyond Trauma website.

Her unique book, Hope: How Yoga Heals the Scars of Trauma offers holistic solutions to post-trauma suffering, showing how yoga heals the nervous system and gives skills for managing the mind and emotions.

Touring and teaching

Ahimsa has instructed on yogic studies and yoga teacher training courses Australia and India.

Internationally she has taught a variety of yoga programs in India, Singapore, UK, Europe and Colombia.

Yoga Books by Ahimsa

Yoga Day by Day: A Guide to Holistic Practices for Healthy Living

Hope: How Yoga Heals the Scars of Trauma


Conversations on the Science of Yoga: Hatha Yoga volumes 1-8

Gheranda Samhita by Swami Niranjananda Saraswati

Yogic Management of Cancer by Dr Swami Nirmalananda

Workshop / Retreat Topics Offered

Ahimsa is available to teach workshops and retreats. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Yoga for trauma recovery
  • Classical hatha yoga in the modern age
  • Yoga day by day: yoga capsules for holistic practice
  • Raja Yoga: the psychology of yoga
  • Experiencing the Bhagavad Gita
  • DIY Sadhana: principles and practices for yoga at home
  • Yogic ecology
  • the psychology of the chakras: integrating chakras into practice
  • Yoga for spiritual living